TT Isle Of Man: Ride On The Edge 2 – Review
Speeds Through The Curve.
60 Kilometers, 37 turns, and 50 riders, all trying to survive one of the longest circuits in the World on two-wheels. Outright scary and punishing but the feeling of reaching the end after laps on the Isle of Man, be it at last place, is akin to finishing Father Gascoigne in Bloodborne. You feel cathartic but you know it’s only just the beginning. Now, you have to win the race…
TT Isle of Man: Ride on The Edge 2 has improved on many aspects of its previous incarnation and though there are some quirks here and there, it is one of the best racing games on two wheels and both MotoGP and Ride would need some convincing to beat them now.
Jumping into the game tutorial race and you will see the graphical update from the first game thanks to WRC 8 graphics engine (which they made last year) and it shows. Sunset races have the sun shining through the trees as you go through the lovely UK countryside and the lush greens blend perfectly into a blur as you reach speeds into the three hundred on two wheels.
Kylotonn has also perfectly modeled the bikes from the real TT Isle of Man 2019 season quite well, from the little Hello Kitty sticker on one dashboard of a Honda rider, to the little tire threads on the classic bikes.
Even the bikes themselves have distinctive exhaust sounds to differentiate one another. It’s details like this that make the game quite faithful to the series besides its humongous track.
Though bike and rider customization leave to be desire as they are relegated towards bikes you bought and if you’re in a team, you can’t really customize anything else.
Its UI is a bit bare-bones, but it gets the job done. It’s easily readable and gets to the action quickly. So perhaps taking some cues from their last game is doing some good towards the menus within this game as well.
Another element that has been taken from the sister series is the career mode. It’s in-depth mode like you having to hire engineers, publicist to get more credits and reputation is quite realistic towards the way how real-life raiders would need to get into the big race. This helps makes the racing have a sort of weight.
The handling of the bikes is quite solid than most games on the market since it needs the twitchy-ness of these machines to take the corners fast and slow. And one mistake like taking a bit of kerb or even braking too late will results in crashing out, sometimes quite spectacularly. And I like that since it rewards hard but careful riding, with every pass on your fellow racers more exciting.
But here comes the issue for me as the difficulty curve for each event is quite hard. Races on TT Isle of Man course is usually relegated to Hard only. And the penalties of restarting and falling off is also quite harsh in that you will lose a fraction of your earned credits and reputation. This is elevated via perks you can add before the race but it’s quite a quirk that doesn’t ruin the game flow.
Lastly, the game includes free-roam mode in which you can partake in challenges that earn you credits and reputation, but it feels quite bare-bones compared to the likes of Forza’s as you ride along the UK countryside alone. Perhaps getting see a few riders on the road could have made the mode quite enjoyable to go over.
Personally, I fully recommend TT Isles of Man 2 by the sheer spectacle of its real-life sport being recreated perfectly. It’s kinks kinda ruins the appeal somewhat but I think fans of Motorbike games could get quite a good kick out of this one. Think of it as the Bloodborne of the Racing Game genre. Fast-paced with a challenging exterior in it.
TT Isle of Man: Ride on The Edge 2 is perhaps one of the best motorbiking game on the market as we head into the Next Generation of consoles. It’s very approachable for new-comers and while a 60-kilometer track seems daunting in the beginning, think of it as the final boss that you’ll conquer as you reach the finishing line in first.
Review copy provided by Nacon. Played on PS4.